Friday, April 13, 2012


“There’s a concern that if it turns out that CO2 is not a major cause of climate change, NASA will have put the reputation of NASA, NASA’s current and former employees, and even the very reputation of science itself at risk of public ridicule and distrust.”

Not makeupJames O'Keefe, renegade independent journalist struck again in his series of investigative pieces on voter fraud. This time one of his guys was able to vote using Eric Holder's ballot because nobody even cared who he was or who the ballot belonged to. This was a pretty good stunt to show the need for better identification of voters, but Eric Holder himself disagreed. He called it "manufactured" and no example of any problem with ID fraud in voting. Other investigative reporting, though, that's proof of a problem.

Are you feeling blue? Well the Fugate family of Kentucky has in the past. Literally. They actually have, or manifest, blue skin. Like Nightcrawler or a Smurf, not slightly tinged, but very blue. Its a rare genetic condition that is passed down every so often to a distant descendant, but was more common in the Appalachian mountains over a century ago. In short, their blood has a deficiency of the ability to hold oxygen and hence does not oxidize the iron and looks more blue. There were several families in the past, but the Fugates are the most direct link to this condition. Its not especially harmless, but it is shocking in appearance, especially with children. Hat tip to Small Dead Animals for this info.

Politicians fear this kind of event and hope nobody notices - and if the legacy media has its way, few will. John Hawward tells the tale at Human Events:
Wedel’s wife Jennifer found herself in one of President Obama’s gimmicky “online chat” events, and asked the President why the government is passing out so many visas for foreign workers when large numbers of Americans with excellent job skills are unemployed. Darin Wedel was a semiconductor engineer at Texas Instruments, but lost his job three years ago.

The President expressed surprise that such a fine resume couldn’t bring offers of employment in the high-tech wonderland of Obamanomics, where “industry leaders” just can’t find enough people to grab all the lucrative jobs tumbling from their overflowing cornucopias.

The President reminded Mrs. Wedel to send that resume along to the White House at the end of the video chat, so the perplexing mystery of how this one poor fellow can’t find a job - after Barack Obama declared “job creation” to be his “top priority” at least 17 times over the past three years! - might be solved.
Well it turns out that now, a month later, Mr Wedel still doesn't have a job. Maybe he's unemployable or has no skill, or something. Its just really cringeworthy and symptomatic of the presidency: no jobs and he can't do what he promised.

Light Rail, the darling of city planners and left leaning idealists everywhere. Its cheap - or free - and reduces congestion! It lowers pollution! Its space age! The problem is it doesn't pay for its self. It doesn't even come close. And it doesn't seem to reduce congestion anywhere its used, sometimes it makes matters worse. Frustrating most people is that these are only put into the big cities of a state, but they force the entire state to pay for them. Now Tri-Met in Portland Oregon is going to build a new $135,000,000 bridge over the Willamette River and upgrade the trains with new $4,300,000 cars.

Oregon, like a lot of states, suffers from leadership who thinks that spending more on something makes it better, and that dream projects of activists should be funded. So in Oregon, spending on pre-kindergarden (as in tiny toddlers) education has been going up and up... and enrollment has been going down and down. Out of the 39 states with these programs, Oregon ranks 30 in enrollment but is third in dollars spent per kid ($8,450). Meanwhile, like most states, Oregon is deeply in debt and trying to find places to cut. Hey, I just thought of one!

Aaron Clarey wrote a book called Worthless in which he points out some things about higher education that more and more people are saying. In short, he says that most people probably shouldn't go to college, that its a waste of money and time for them. And he points out something significant. Every dollar that goes to a college in tuition, boarding, and fees would be better spent for many people building a new business, buying a home, or in other expenses. All that money flooding into academia means money spent on a certain hard left viewpoint and power for them to push it and their ideas onto the public. It means less money going into creating jobs, production, and expanding the economy.

Comic books cost like four bucks a piece now, when they used to be 60 cents when I was a kid. Sure, that was in the late 70s but at the same time a candy bar cost 25 cents and a phone call was 10. Comic books have risen in price enormously faster than inflation would dictate, and it has a lot to do with printing costs. Comic book writer and editor Mark Waid explains:
But here’s the big bite: at those print-run levels, that comic is costing you around a dollar a copy just to print. Maybe a little more, maybe a little less. What’s that? You’ve decided to forego expensive color for cheaper black and white? You’d be surprised how little that lowers the cost.
You have to sell your comic for about 40% of its cover price to the distributor (Diamond, there are no competitors). That means you're spending more than half your earnings from a comic on printing, and you haven't even paid your creators, editors, or any of the expenses like a building, business name, and taxes. Its a wonder they make any money at all. And its no wonder they're moving into digital comics.

Another group has sent a letter stating their desire that NASA get away from alarmism led by Dr Hanson and focus more on science. This isn't the first such appeal they've gotten but this time its from former NASA heads and astronauts. 49 former astronauts and NASA scientists
The group, which includes seven Apollo astronauts and two former directors of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, are dismayed over the failure of NASA, and specifically the Goddard Institute For Space Studies (GISS), to make an objective assessment of all available scientific data on climate change. They charge that NASA is relying too heavily on complex climate models that have proven scientifically inadequate in predicting climate only one or two decades in advance.
They were particularly concerned by the absolute certainty NASA heads were giving uncertain and questionable claims about climate and man's role in it. Essentially their argument was: if you're going to do this, go with science, not predictions. Follow what you can measure and learn, not what computers are hilariously inaccurate at predicting. These guys aren't climate scientists, though. They're just rocket scientists. What they worked on actually did what they wanted.

Having made hundreds of millions off of Harry Potter, JK Rowling is now finishing up a new book. The Amazon blurb goes like this:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
It claims to be "darkly comic" and "surprising" and is targeted at adults but if you're like me you still don't really understand what its about. At this point, Rowling could write a book made up entirely of her signing her name over and over, get a huge advance on it from a publisher, and sell thousands of copies.

Sometimes Instapundit's love of science and evolution makes him post on just silly stuff. For example, his post today about how intelligent dinosaurs may rule other planets! Well, I guess, but so could tinkerbells or smurfs for that matter. Anything could be out there. Does some dude's guess make that news?

Roger Simon recently touched on a topic I've hit a few times: the left's basic worldview and ideas hasn't changed since the 60s, yet they're supposed to be cool and cutting edge? They're dinosaurs. And they are the establishment, the "man" that they claim to fight. Jon Stewart is Michael Douglas in 1978, trying to be hip and cool but dated and left behind.

Yes, yes, Ann Romney and Hilary Rosen. Rosen was trying to slam Romney as being rich and out of touch, but she did it so wrong and stupidly all women got from it was "I hate stay at home moms." Talk about self destructing on the "war on women" narrative. That's what you do with politics. If your opponent is wealthy, hit them on being out of touch and elitist. If they are poor, hit them for being clueless hicks. She just did it poorly.

Iowahawk notes in a tweet that Hilary Rosen is one of the MPIAA zealots who has been trying to get people who download songs treated like mass murderers in court. Not great "optics" with the kids, as it were.

Obama's efforts to shut down coal fired power plants are finally starting to take hold, and the workers who dig coal and need those for their jobs are represented by unions. What will the unions do? Kate at Small Dead Animals shows us in two quotes from the same article:
Cecil Roberts, president of United Mine Workers of America - “This rule is an all-out, in my opinion, decision by the EPA that we’re never going to have another coal-fired facility in the United States that’s constructed...”

...the United Mine Workers of America likely won’t actively oppose President Obama’s reelection bid.
Unions are for Democrats first, and workers... third, after union boss goodies.

Arizona's governor Brewer signed into law a bill banning abortions past 20 weeks except in medical emergencies. Critics claimed that's too early to determine genetic anomalies - admitting that they think people are killing their babies for being imperfect.

Californians working on a highway found a plant and spent over $200,000 moving it. Why? Because it is a Franciscan Manzanilla plant, believed to have vanished from the "wild" decades ago although it is not uncommon in nurseries and planted in landscape around the state. Why did it cost so much? Because the state union workers moved it. You can buy one at a nursery for about $16 bucks, but it won't be "wild."

Recently a study was done that revealed most accidents involving hitting the gas instead of the brake are caused by women. In fact, studies that said women are safer drivers (and thus get better insurance deals) were done in the 50s and these days it just isn't true.

Newark New Jersey's Democrat mayor Cory Booker ran into his neighbor's burning house and pulled him out, saving his life before firefighters had arrived. Considered an up and coming politician, this can only help his political future.

After the GM bailout when the United States government took over an auto company, we were told by the Obama administration that it would make money and the company would be fine. GM is still struggling and in 2011, the Obama team admitted that, well, yes, it was going to end up costing us around $15 billion dollars. Now we find out that the shares the US bought have lost so much value that its going to cost another $15 billion or so. That worked out great, huh? Well what's thirty billion dollars when you save your UAW buddies.

Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength is calling on you to donate money to them. The money goes to left wing groups such as The Agenda Project (which describes its self as a "progressive conspiracy to help save the country.”). Meanwhile, when asked to donate money themselves to help pay down the deficit, as President Obama claims higher taxes on them would do, all of the members declined. But they need you to donate, of course.

Seattle, like Portland, has a bicycle problem. In essence, cyclists are activists who demand they be given the right of way and control of streets and cars be eliminated. They attack cars that annoy them - literally - and block off entire streets in protests with bicycles. One sued the city of Seattle for having streetcar tracks in the street which are a navigational hazard for those tiny tires on a 10 speed, and the case was thrown out of court. Man up, watching out for stuff on the street is part of bicycling, you pansy.

Seven marines are missing in combat, and listed as killed in action by the Marine Corps. Their fellow marine brothers built a memorial at Camp Pendleton that - horror of horrors - includes a cross. You guessed it, some obnoxious atheist is threatening to sue unless the cross is removed. Well, with the Obama team in charge of the military, don't be surprised if its ordered removed.

And that's the Word Around the Net for April 13, 2012.


Eric said...

"And its no wonder they're moving into digital comics."

Marvel and D.C. are sitting on a goldmine in the digital realm... their old comics. You know, the ones that were actually fun to read.

I tried to follow the roll out of the new Justic League on my wife's ipad, but after a few issues that took all of 5 minutes to read I didn't feel like it was worth the money and I quit.

However, whenever they release digital versions of old story lines I enjoyed, or of early stories that predated my interest in comics, I eat that stuff up like the brain candy that it is.

I'm just surprised they don't do that more often.

Christopher R Taylor said...

My guess is they'll start doing that, but it will take a while to get them all scanned in.

JoelAT said...

We could help by scanning our huge catalog of paper books, they have no value of any kind except kindling otherwise. Collecting comics has been such a disappointment for me.